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The Shot Caller's Report - Wk 1 Wide Receivers

By Colby Cavaliere | 9/10/20 |
Bye Weeks: N/A
QBs | RBs | WRs

DeSean Jackson

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Cooper Kupp / Robert Woods vs DAL

With currently the second highest over/under at 51.5, the inaugural game at SoFi stadium should be a doozy. The duoís 184 receptions were the most of any teammates in the NFL last season, and the Rams look to fling it around plenty this year as well, even with the loss of Brandin Cooks. Two of the Cowboys starting corners are questionable to play Week 1 due to injuries so Kupp and Woods could each catch 8+ passes in this one. Kupp is the better bet due to his scoring potential, but Woods is overdue for some positive regression in that department after only finding the endzone twice last season. Both of these guys are going to be weekly WR1/2 candidates in all formats so get emí going!

DeSean Jackson @ WAS

In the one full game Jackson and Wentz played together they made beautiful music. Jacksonís 8-154-2 line likely won the week for teams playing him as a WR3, and Iím betting on a repeat in Week 1 this season. Jackson is (currently) healthy, and is easily the top receiver on a team missing rookie Jalen Reagor and vet Alshon Jeffery. Oh, and the team Jackson torched in Week 1 of last year? Yup, the same Washington team that the Eagles face this week! If Jackson can avoid the frequent soft tissues injuries that have become so common for him the last few years, heís in line for a few big weeks. Iíd happily start a WR3 who pops off for 50+ yard touchdowns. If youíve got him, start Jackson while you can.

Calvin Ridley vs SEA

The hype machine is in full swing for Ridley this year. With Julio Jones winding down, can Ridley assert himself as a dominant force on this Atlanta offense? Before an injury cost him the seasonís final few games, Ridley was enjoying a dominating stretch, piling up a blistering 27-395-3 line over Weeks 11-14. He saw double-digit targets in two of those games, and his 17 career touchdowns tell me heís ready to be a stud in both PPR and standard formats. Now before we go crazy, his numbers are going to be limited by the presence of Jones, but Ridley can and should set career highs if he can play a full season. Seattleís defense has taken a step back, even with the addition of Jamal Adams (who isnít a great cover safety). With Jones getting the attention, Ridley should see enough looks to be a plug-and-play WR2 this week, and going forward.

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Jarvis Landry @ BAL

Landry was a pleasant fantasy surprise last season, but a serious hip surgery, followed by a change in offensive scheme leave me down on him, at least to start the season. Sure his recovery was free of any setbacks, but I still expect a slow start from the vet. Austin Hopper was brought in as a solid pass catching tight end, and it seems as though OBJ is fully healthy and ready to command his required target count. Likely to be eased in, and on a team that is going to run the ball a ton, I prefer to fade Landry the first few weeks of the season, or at least his shows he can handle starterís snaps. His time will come, but early on Iím looking elsewhere for my WR3.

Amari Cooper @ LAR

Doesnít it always seem Cooper is battling some ailment? He typically plays and produces during the times heís dinged up, but itís safe to wonder about his health after heís missed the last week of camp. Maybe itís maintenance, but Dallas is suddenly loaded at receiver with the addition of 1st rounder CeeDee Lamb, so they are more than capable of taking a cautious approach with Cooper. Even at full health, the spectre of doing battle with Jalen Ramsay is enough to suppress the fantasy value of Cooper in Week 1. Watch practice reports leading up to the week, but youíll likely have to start Cooper if he plays, but heís unlikely to have the value you drafted him at.

Marvin Jones vs. CHI

Buoyed by an impressive 9 touchdowns last year, Jones enters a Week 1 match-up against a stingy Bears defense that allowed the 4th fewest points to wide receivers. As a touchdown based starter, Jones only holds WR3 value in standard leagues. Stafford should be back and slinging this season, but I think the Lions really try and establish a run game against the Monsters of the Midway. If you run Jones out as a WR3, he’ll have to score to reward your confidence.

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